Fairfield, New Jersey-based Crispy Green has released a new flavor of its freeze-dried snacks – Piña Picante. Remaining true to the company’s core niche of providing produce-based, shelf-stable packaged snacks made with clean, simple ingredients, Piña Picante is a line of dried pineapple snacks with a twist.
Piña Picante begins with pineapple imported from Costa Rica and is infused with unique blends of spices before becoming air-dried. The first flavor, Chili Lime, is infused with a combination of cayenne peppers and zesty lime with a hint of sea salt.
Just like the Crispy Fruit freeze-dried fruit snack line, Piña Picante is a healthy snack made with simple clean ingredients and contains no added sugar. Unlike Crispy Fruit, Piña Picante is air-dried, with a chewy consistency.
In the works for more than two years, this flavor was created by Angela Liu, the company’s founder and CEO.
“Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits. Growing up in southern China, I was taught to dip pineapple in salt water before eating it, which would help to reduce the stinging sensation it has on the tongue, also makes the pineapple feel sweeter. The sweet and sour taste of pineapple blends very well with savory flavors,” Liu said.
As an avid traveler and food enthusiast, she was inspired by the Latin culture that serves fresh fruits with salt, lime juice and spicy peppers. Although there are some current dried fruit products in the marketplace that include these flavors, most are coated with seasonings.
“I wanted to create a dried fruit product that is fun to eat and offers balanced flavor that permeates throughout each bite for a consistent snacking experience,” Liu said.
Piña Picante Chili Lime is available for purchase directly on the Crispy Green online store and on Amazon, with the plan to add Ginger Lime in the next few months. The product line will be offered to retailers and other online outlets later this year.
“If the Crispy Green team behavior is any indication to the success of this product, we definitely have a winner. We’re currently working on a third flavor, and early indications from the team are extremely positive,” said Liu.
Crispy Green uses food as a force for good by offering a variety of healthy, clean portable snacks of the highest quality for people who live an active lifestyle and seek brands that align with their values. The company’s consumer education website, SmartLifebites, offers practical tips and information on healthy lifestyle topics such as fitness, nutrition, family, travel, as well as providing solutions to minimize food waste and help fight hunger.
People are seeking healthy, tasty snacks to fuel their active lifestyle. Crispy Green provides 100 percent pure fruit as a grab-n-go snack that satisfies without sacrificing taste, while adding more fruit to their diet.
Crispy Green can be found in many grocery retailers nationwide as well as online at shop.crispygreen.com.